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Wound Care and American Heart Month

Coronary artery disease is the most common type of heart disease and affects 18.2 million Americans aged 20 and older.

Key risk factors for heart disease:

  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Smoking

Other medical conditions and lifestyle choices that increase the risk for heart disease

  • Diabetes
  • Overweight and Obesity
  • Unhealthy diet
  • Physical inactivity
  • Excessive alcohol use

Cardiovascular disease can lead to blockages in the blood flow to different areas of the body, also known as peripheral arterial disease (PAD). This can impact the ability to heal a wound. Oxygen and nutrient rich blood flow is essential for wound healing!

Signs of non-healing wounds that may be related to PAD

  • Wounds may appear on legs, ankles, toes, and between toes
  • Dark red, yellow, gray, or black sores
  • Raised edges around the wound (punched out appearance)
  • No bleeding
  • Wounds may or may not be painful

An unhealed wound on the foot or leg can lead to complications such as infection, hospitalizations, or even amputation. Save a heart, save a limb. Seek out specialized wound care early to improve healing and reduce the risks of complications.

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